Stevens Fargo; Former L.A. Judge

Stevens Fargo, a former Los Angeles Superior Court judge and president from 1952 to 1953 of the Los Angeles Bar Assn., died Wednesday in Coronado, where he had been living since his retirement in 1975.

Fargo, who had served without pay on the bench in Coronado on an “as needed” basis to ease crowded court calendars, was 83.

A 1928 law school graduate of USC, Fargo moved to Los Angeles from his native Minnesota when he was 15 and attended Hollywood High School. He was affiliated with the firm of Belcher, Henzie and Fargo until Gov. Edmund G. Brown appointed him to the Superior Court bench in 1963.

He was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor extended to only 1% of lawyers in the United States, in 1954.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, two daughters, a brother, sister and four grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held today at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the San Diego Hospice are requested.